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Friday, 31 January 2014

Frequently Asked Basic PostgreSQL Interview Questions and Answers

Frequently Asked Basic PostgreSQL Interview Questions and Answers

PostgreSQL is the widely used open source database. If you are preparing for PostgreSQL interview, following list of basic PostgreSQL interview questions and answers might help you in your interview preparation. Following PostgreSQL interview questions and answers cover PostgreSQL basic concepts like feature and advantages of PostgreSQL, key difference between MySQL and PostgreSQL, basic PostgreSQL database administration commands and tools, general PostgreSQL database concepts like Stored Procedures, Functions, Triggers, Cursor, Index, Joins, Subqueries etc. 

1. What is PostgreSQL? What do you know about PostgreSQL?

PostgreSQL, often simply "Postgres", is an open-source object-relational database management system (ORDBMS) with an emphasis on extensibility and standards-compliance. It is released under the PostgreSQL License, a free/open source software license, similar to the MIT License. PostgreSQL is developed by the PostgreSQL Global Development Group, consisting of a handful of volunteers employed and supervised by companies such as Red Hat and EnterpriseDB.

Read more about PostgreSQL on Wikipedia and PostgreSQL official website

2. What are the various features and advantages of PostgreSQL?

This is very basic question and you should be updated on this. You should know why are you using PostgreSQL in your project, what features and advantages does PostgreSQL provide.

Visit official PostgreSQL website to learn more features and advantages of PostgreSQL

3. What are the key differences between MySQL and PostgreSQL? Which Open Source Database to Choose? Which one is best? 

MySQL and PostgreSQL are both free and open source powerful and full-featured databases. You should be able to compare these two databases. Here is the complete article on this.

4. What are the various PostgreSQL database administration commands and tools?

You should know basic PostgreSQL database administration commands like creating users in PostgreSQL, setting up user credentials in PostgreSQL, change / update PostgreSQL user password, check whether PostgreSQL is up and running, commands to create, delete, drop, start, stop, restart, backup, restore PostgreSQL database, getting the list of all databases in PostgreSQL, finding out what version of PostgreSQL is running, PostgreSQL help and history commands, commands to get the list of all the tables in a PostgreSQL database, commands to turn on timing and checking how much time a query takes to execute, commands to see the list of available functions in PostgreSQL etc. Here is the complete article on this topic.

You should also know some of the PostgreSQL administration tools. You can visit Wiki and Stackoverflow to get to know various PostgreSQL administration tools.

5. PostgreSQL database general concepts

Beside all this you should be well aware of datatypes in PostgreSQL, DDL, DML, DCL commands used in PostgreSQL. You should have good knowledge of Indexes, Joins, Subqueries, Stored Procedures, Functions, Triggers, Cursors etc.

I hope you will get benefited by these basic PostgreSQL interview questions and answers.

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